Friday, April 6, 2018

The Last Black Unicorn

I wanted to read this book after I saw her interview with Trevor Noah, where she is talking about Roscoe. I'm not even going to spoil it for you because it's great. Then the book was sold out everywhere and I had to order a full priced copy online and wait. Totally worth it though.

The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish

Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other foster kids she lived with wouldn’t beat her up, and she might even get a boyfriend. Or at least she could make enough money—as the paid school mascot and in-demand Bar Mitzvah hype woman—to get her hair and nails done, so then she might get a boyfriend.

None of that worked (and she’s still single), but it allowed Tiffany to imagine a place for herself where she could do something she loved for a living: comedy.

Tiffany can’t avoid being funny—it’s just who she is, whether she’s plotting shocking, jaw-dropping revenge on an ex-boyfriend or learning how to handle her newfound fame despite still having a broke person’s mind-set. Finally poised to become a household name, she recounts with heart and humor how she came from nothing and nowhere to achieve her dreams by owning, sharing, and using her pain to heal others.

By turns hilarious, filthy, and brutally honest, The Last Black Unicorn shows the world who Tiffany Haddish really is—humble, grateful, down-to-earth, and funny as hell. And now, she’s ready to inspire others through the power of laughter.

The book follows Tiffany Haddish from her sad beginnings to her rise to fame as a movie staring, stage dominating comedian. My only wish is that I had gotten this on audio book because Tiffany does the reading and to hear this book in her voice would have been everything. As it is, you can read it and picture her voice because it is written EXACTLY as she would say it out loud, grammatically incorrect and made up words, even. It's amazing. It's also an incredibly fast read so you could bang this out in a weekend, easy.

We follow little Tiffany as she navigates the State of California's foster care system, why she will not deal with bunk beds, growing up illiterate (basically), and how she pulls herself from all of that to become the successful person she is today. If there was ever a "celebrities are real people, too" book, this would be it. Except her stories are so outrageous you're almost glad it isn't you, but you're really glad you know this person because no matter how bad YOUR life is, she's got it way worse. In the best, most funny, way possible, of course.

My only complaint is I wish she came with receipts! Name these douchebags! She's the queen of the #metoo movement in comedy if this was only half of what she experienced coming up the ranks.

1 comment:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I still haven't even seen Girl's Trip but I love Tiffany. Sounds like I really need to read this one.